Department of Agriculture (101 - 110 of 2,037 items)
School Lunch: Modifications Needed to Some of the New Nutrition Standards
GAO-13-708T: Published: Jun 27, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2013.
School districts faced several challenges implementing the new lunch requirements in school year 2012-2013, according to the eight districts GAO visited and food service and industry officials GAO interviewed from across the country; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) response to some of these challenges has been limited. For example, because USDA regulations restrict the amounts of m...
Program Evaluation: Strategies to Facilitate Agencies' Use of Evaluation in Program Management and Policy Making
GAO-13-570: Published: Jun 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2013.
In a governmentwide survey, GAO found that most federal managers lack recentevaluations of their programs. Thirty-seven percent reported that an evaluation had been completed within the past 5 years of any program, operation, or project they were involved in. Another 40 percent of managers reported that they did not know if an evaluation had been completed. However, 80 percent of managers who did...
Climate Change: Various Adaptation Efforts Are Under Way at Key Natural Resource Management Agencies
GAO-13-253: Published: May 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2013.
Since 2007, the Forest Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service have taken steps to establish strategic directions for addressing climate change adaptation. For example, the Forest Service developed a strategic framework document that established climate change adaptation as a central agency priority and anoth...
USDA's Implementation of New State-Delegated Meat Inspection Program Addresses Most Key Farm Bill Requirements, but Additional Action Needed
GAO-13-332R: Published: May 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 2013.
USDAs Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) completed most of the key activities outlined in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill), which authorized a new meat and poultry inspection program to support interstate shipment of meat and poultry products from establishments with 25 or fewer employees, inspected by state agencies. Specifically, FSIS issued program re...
Homeland Security: An Overall Strategy Is Needed to Strengthen Disease Surveillance in Livestock and Poultry
GAO-13-424: Published: May 21, 2013. Publicly Released: May 21, 2013.
What GAO FoundUnder a new approach, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has begun broadening its previous disease-by-disease approach to disease surveillance to one in which the agency monitors the overall health of livestock and poultry and uses additional sources and types of data to better detect and control new or reemerging diseases...
Agricultural Research: Two USDA Agencies Can Enhance Safeguards against Project Duplication and Strengthen Collaborative Planning
GAO-13-255: Published: Apr 12, 2013. Publicly Released: May 13, 2013.
The Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) generally focus on many of the same broad topics and rely on agency safeguards, as well as on the scientific community's professional norms, to prevent inadvertent duplication of research projects within and between the agencies. Shortcomings with certain agency safe...
Federal Support for Renewable and Advanced Energy Technologies
GAO-13-514T: Published: Apr 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2013.
This statement presents highlights from two reports related to federal support of renewable and advanced energy technologies.The first report discusses GAO's broad review of federal wind-related initiatives. In summary, GAO identified 82 federal wind-related initiatives implemented by nine agencies in fiscal year 2011. Most of these initiatives supported deployment of wind facilities and, of these...
Wind Energy: Additional Actions Could Help Ensure Effective Use of Federal Financial Support
GAO-13-136: Published: Mar 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.
GAO identified 82 federal wind-related initiatives, with a variety of key characteristics, implemented by nine agencies in fiscal year 2011. Five agencies--the Departments of Energy (DOE), the Interior, Agriculture (USDA), Commerce, and the Treasury--collectively implemented 73 of the initiatives. The 82 initiatives incurred about $2.9 billion in wind-related obligations and provided estimated win...
Inspectors General: USDA Office of Inspector General Resources, Accomplishments, Coverage, and Quality
GAO-13-245: Published: Mar 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2013.
During the 3-year period from fiscal year 2009 through 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Inspector General's (OIG) total budgetary resources decreased by about 8 percent. In contrast, the total budgetary resources for all other cabinet-level OIGs increased by approximately 6 percent over the 3-year period. The USDA OIG's authorized full-time equivalent staff (FTE) increased...
Entrepreneurial Assistance: Opportunities Exist to Improve Programs' Collaboration, Data-Tracking, and Performance Management
GAO-13-452T: Published: Mar 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2013.
In summary, we found the following:Federal programs that support entrepreneurs are fragmented and overlap based on the type of assistance they are authorized to offer, such as financial (grants and loans) and technical (training and counseling), and the type of entrepreneur they are authorized to serve. Much of the overlap among these 52 programs tends to be concentrated among programs that provid...